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Q&A Collections: Science Instruction

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 14, 2017 2 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in early September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past six years. You can see all those collections from the first five years here.

Here are the ones I’ve posted so far:

This Year’s Most Popular Q&A Posts

Classroom Management Advice

Race & Gender Challenges

Implementing The Common Core

Best Ways To Begin The School Year

Best Ways To End The School Year

Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

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Education Policy Issues

Differentiating Instruction

Math Instruction

Today’s theme is on Science Instruction. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of them:

* ‘The Biggest Challenge to Science Teachers Is Time’

Alfonso Gonzalez, Mike Janatovich, Anne Jolly, and Camie Walker share what they think are the biggest challenges facing science teachers today.

* ‘Give Me Longer Class Periods and More Space,’ Science Teacher Pleads

Anne Vilen, Marsha Ratzel, Charles R. Ault, Jr., and AJ Sisneros contribute their ideas on the biggest challenges faced by science teachers.

* Teaching ELLs That ‘Science Is a Verb’

Maria Grant, Diana Lapp, Judy Reinhartz, Lori Fulton, Brian Campbell, and Laura Cabrera contribute their ideas on using the Next Generation of Science Standards with English-language learners.

* Teaching Science to English-Language Learners

Alicia Johal, Maria Montalvo-Balbed, Donna Barrett-Williams, Caleb Cheung, Laura Prival , Claudio Vargas, and Ariane Huddleston share their suggestions on using the NGSS with English-language learners.

* Response: With 3D Printers, ‘You’re Only Limited By Your Imagination!’

Laura Blankenship, David Malpica, David Thornburg, and Terry Graff have contributed commentaries on the role of 3D Printers in The Maker Movement.

* The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story to Tell’

Tanya Baker from The National Writing Project discusses implications The Maker Movement has for different content areas, National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau elaborates further on its connect to STEM, and Leslie Texas and Tammy Jones make a connection to Project-Based Learning.

* The Maker Movement Believes in ‘Kid Power’

Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager graciously adapted a portion of their book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Education in the Classroom, into a piece for this blog.

* A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach”

Dr. Carl Wieman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 and well-known for his advocacy of cooperative and engaging methods for teaching science, shares his thoughts.

* Teaching Science by ‘Thinking Big’ and ‘Being Audacious’

Linda Shore, director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, and high school science teacher Amy Lindahl offer their responses in this post.

* Teaching Science By “Becoming a Learner”

High school physics teacher Frank Noschese, middle school science teacher Paul Cancellieri, and Steve Spangler, well-known teacher-trainer and creator of science multimedia tools, respond to the question here.

* Teaching Science By Asking Questions

Middle school science teachers Marsha Ratzel and Paul Bruno share their responses in this piece.

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